In the sprint that is the 2020 season it is easy to lose your patience quickly. Should we completely give up on a player? Should we move him to our bench? Should we ride it out and wait for better days? In this series we’ll try to answer those questions, so let’s take a look:
Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers
Stats (08/09/20) – .250, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB
Obviously the big question is in his average, and there are two key issues:
- Groundball Rate – 51.5%
- Strikeout Rate – 33.9%
He’s never been a groundball heavy hitter, but obviously the concern here is that it would limit his power potential. The other question is the strikeouts, which is something that’s consistently been a concern. He was extremely bad last season, with a 17.5% SwStr%, and at the start of 2020 things have gotten even worse (21.3%).
Just adding to the concern is the fact that he’s actually being fed fastballs (67.97%), yet the strikeouts and swings and misses continue to pile up. If he’s not going to be able to make contact against the fastball, is there any hope?
Obviously it’s too soon to completely write him off, especially as he’s shown some power and speed. At the same time, whether we want to call it a sophomore slump or something else would it be surprising to see 2020 ultimately end as a disappointment? There’s too much upside to lose hope, and for now all we can do is stick with him and ride this out.
Droppable – No
Benchable – No
Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball